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PAIR2005 Development and International Relations

Module Overview

• To take a deep and critical look at the contested nature of development and to evaluate the development achievement. • To study in depth the mainstream economic development ideology from the early 1980s to the present, focusing on the Washington and post-Washington consensus and associated ideas of global economic integration. • To focus on the implementation and results of global development policies via: the structural and institutional reform of national economies by the policies of the IMF and World Bank; the liberalisation of trade, finance and investment; and the most recent World Bank policies, especially on poverty alleviation and Private Sector Development. • To examine the developmental state model prevalent in East Asia

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the post 1945 history of development thinking from a global perspective
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the policies of the international financial institutions and their impact upon development
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply a sound empirical knowledge of historical economic development and its impact
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Express your understanding of a module through written communication.


• Questioning Development • U.S. Hegemony: Past and Present • The South in the International Economy • The International Financial Institutions: From • Structural Adjustment to Poverty Reduction • Welfare Spending in the South • The International Trading System • Intellectual Property Rights • Strong States: The East Asian Developmental Model • Poverty And Inequality • Neo-Imperialism and the Rise of the GovernanceState

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching will be 2 hours of lectures per week. All will be recorded and posted on Blackboard. Lectures will be delivered either face to face or online only depending upon University and Public Health England Guidance at the time. Total of 24 hours of lectures (2 hours per week X 12 weeks) per module. Weekly student participation in online discussion boards. 1 hour per week delivered asynchronously. (1 hour X 12 weeks)

Independent Study114
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Majid Rahnema with Victoria Bawtree (eds) (1998). The Post Development Reader. 

John Rapley (1996). Understanding Development. 

Caroline Thomas (2000). Global Governance, Development and Human Security. 

John Glenn (2007). Globalization: North-South Perspectives. 

Annie Taylor and Caroline Thomas (eds) (1999). Global Trade and Global Social Issues. 

P.W.Preston (1997). Development Theory. 

P Burnell & V. Randall (2008). Politics in the Developing World. 

R. Kaplinsky (2005). Globalization, Poverty and Inequality: Between a rock and a hard place. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Discussion board activity 25%
Research project 50%
Research proposal 25%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (2 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: PAIR1001 or PAIR1002 or PAIR1004 or PAIR1005

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